th October - Prayer Wednesday
7.30pm Parish Prayers - Downderry


                    Welcome to St Germans Group Parish

 WE EXTEND A SPECIAL WELCOME

to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you are more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you are having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion’. (We’re not too keen on it either!)

We offer a welcome to those who think that the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost on the coastal path and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters ….. and you!                

 


Latest News



October Newsletter 


 St Germans Group Parish PCC as from 3rd April 2016:

Permanent members of the PCC The Vicar
Secretary -
Margaret Sylvester-Thorne
Treasurer - Fiona Liddicoat
Parish Wardens: Brenda Crago and David Watters
Church Stewards: Downderry: Steve Liddicoat
Hessenford: Fiona Bristow
Tideford: Brenda Crago
St Germans: Richard Laugharne
PCC members: Downderry: Sue Booth; Andrew Pidgen and Cashiers:Tim Pullin and Sue Pidgen
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles, Jenny Daniels, Fran Moore, 
Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Chris Bowditch, June Greaves, Paul Gribble
Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  post vacant
Cashier: Ron Bradley
Deanery Synod Reps: Rosemary Stevenson, Brenda Crago, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Next meeting of the PCC - Sunday 2nd October following the 9.30am Parish Family Service at St Nicolas Church, Downderry

Home Group on Monday morning at 10.30am,  3rd October at Margaret's, Hessenford

All are welcome

Messy Church in St Germans

- in partnership with the Methodist Church

The next  meeting of Messy Church will be on the third Saturday,  15th October at 3pm in St Germans Priory

All children and their accompanying adults  are very welcome - and help on the day from our parishioners very welcome too!

Messy Church...

  • is a way of being church for families involving fun
  • is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour
  • is found across the world
  • values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration

Please contact Evelyn Reed (01503 230449) for more information,  and also if you are able to help.............

Parish Praise

our next monthly services of informal worship for all the family

  9th October at 11am at  St Germans Priory

 

Cafe Church in Downderry

Come and join us for breakfast with worship and a chat on the fourth Sunday, the 23rd October at 9.30am at St Nicolas Church, Downderry.

A leisurely start to Sunday for the adults, and activities for the children

 

Rev Michael's Message

Ouch! Have you ever stubbed your toe? For such a small part of the body the pain is so great and it affects the whole body. 1Cor.12, talks about how we are all part of the body of Christ each with our unique role.  If one part of the body is hurting disrupts the rest. 

Some of you will have picked up and filled in the survey forms in our churches, if you haven’t then call in and send it off it’s not too late. The forms are part of “Accompanied Ministry Development” or AMD for short.  Over the past year 12 clergy myself included have formed cohort 4 of the development scheme.  We have looked at various aspects of living the Christian life so as to reflect God’s Kingdom.  

The latest session was on reconciliation. After each course we discuss the ideas within a parish “Ministry Development Scheme” MDT, seeking to see how it may be applied here.  The survey will give us and the diocese a snapshot of our situation, enabling us to be aware of our needs and strengths. Once the sessions have finished our MDT will develop a strategy to bring to the PCC and then Bishop Chris will visit for a general parish conversation around our ideas for the growing of God’s Kingdom in the parish.

It is important that no one feels overlooked as we are all part of the parish ministry team, as Paul writes in 1 Cor. 12.  One of the truths that I have discovered doing this with both my clergy and parish colleagues is the joy and surprise of their contributions.  One of these is very reassuring. Mark 16 v. 15 reads “Go into the word and preach the gospel to every creature”; however in the light of a better understanding of the Greek of that time a good translation would be “As you go in the world live the gospel”. 

This is what AMD is about - helping us to live our lives and, by doing so, show people a better way.

     FORTHCOMING EVENTS AT ST GERMANS PRIORY CHURCH 

Truro Cathedral Boys' Choir will be performing on Friday 4th November from 7.30-8.30pm.  See Newsletter for more info.

St Germans Annual Christmas Market 17th, 18th and 19th November. Please see Newsletter fro more information.

 

                              Hessenford Christmas Bazaar 

Saturday 3rd December   more info in the November Newsletter                                                                                      

St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at www.stgermanspriory.info  and let us know your contact details. 

Board of Priory Trustees  
Chair- Richard Laugharne
Vice Chair - Fiona Bristow
Secretary - Evelyn Reed
Support Officer - Jo Rimron
  Malcolm Cross, Chris Bowditch,

Chris Cook,  and Bob Foulkes.

 

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 THE FOOD BANK  - no change to the message - our help is needed. There are collecting boxes in all our four churches - please keep the contributions coming in...........
You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever - so please keep the contributions coming in.  

How can you help the Foodbank?   As usual there always some shortages, currently: Fruit Juice (long life), UHT or Dried Milk, Sponge Puddings, Tea, Instant Coffee.

However, money is becoming an increasing issue, and it is becoming a common problem throughout all of Cornwall’s Foodbanks.   All are having to react to an increase in demand; and although food is being donated in increasing volumes covering the demand, the costs related to sustaining larger Foodbanks is becoming a challenge. So, the real requirement now is cash.

If you could help through regular donations we would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. We can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452. email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.
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East Wivelshire

The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.
 
The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:

Rural deaneries
The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:
Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.
East Wyvelsire
Parishes Currently in the Deanery of East Wivelshire

 



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